Spring 2002 Corrections and Changes to the 2001-2002 Course Catalog

                     Last Updated 09-27-04



New Courses

192.  West African Dance Forms in the Diaspora III   2 hours
      2HU, CD
This course will expand and build upon the dance movements, forms, and techniques explored in AAST 190 and AAST 191. It focuses on extensive dance performance within the area of Matanzas, Cuba, which has strong historical links that can be traced to West Africa. In particular, the class will explore the dances and rhythms of the following traditions: Yambu, Rumba Columbia, Guaguanc_ and Orisha dances which will be examined in their total context with costumes and music. Consent only, limit 20.  Identical to DANC 192.
Sem 2    CRN 10769    TTh--9:00-10:50         Ms. Sharpley

205. Slavery and the Slave Trade in Muslim Africa:  640 C.E. to 1900 C.E.    3 hours
     3SS, CD, WR
This course will be conducted as a seminar open to all class levels.  The course is an exploration of the Trans-Saharan, Nile Valley and Indian Ocean slave trades from 640 C.E. until the early 20th century C.E.   Attention will also be given to the concepts of slavery, race, and the treatment of slaves within the Muslim milieu.  Students will be required to submit regular written assignments and there will be a term paper due at the end of the semester. Discussions will be an integral aspect of the course. Identical to HIST 275. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit:  15.
Sem 2    CRN 10680    AAST-205-01     MW--12:00-1:15    Mr. Searcy

207.  Seminar:  HIV/AIDS and Development in Africa    2 hrs
      3SS, CD
This course is designed to sensitize and provide a frame of reference through which individual students can better understand HIV/AIDS. The main focus in this course is to examine the challenges HIV/AIDS present in Africa in terms of the economic, social and demographic underpinnings of development.  The course will also review and assess the strategies Africa countries have taken in the campaign against HIV/AIDS. Though focused on Africa as a region, the course will provide students with the building blocks necessary to design an HIV/AIDS prevention campaign.      Enrollment Limit:  15

Sem  2    CRN 10746    AAST 207 Th--9:00-10:50  Mr. Ochwa-Echel

      3SS, CD
Course Description:  This course will offer students an in-depth opportunity to examine the Black Radical Tradition. More specifically, the course will compare and contrast the ways in which African continental and diasporic thinkers and activists engage, borrow from, contribute to and expand the theories of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and V. I. Lenin.  Categories such as race, class, gender, labor and history will be considered.  Functioning in a seminar format, the class will try to show the various ways in which Africana radical thought has re-calibrated Marxian theory and activism through the specific experiences and categories of continental and diasporic African life.     Limit:  15  Consent only
Sem 2    CRN 10771    M--7:00-9:30 p.m.        Mr. Peterson

351. Writing Lives:  Biography, Autobiography and the Dramatic Voice  1 hour
Taught the week of March 11-15 in three sessions.  Constructing a written life from primary materials is a daunting task.  How does the biographer know the "truth" of someone's life (even one's own), and how can that truth be eased into a literary form that has structure, tension, and is told with a compelling voice?  Where does one find the necessary materials (letters, conversations, journals, published materials) and, once they are assembled, how does the biographer make judgments about their appropriateness or reliability?  This course looks at the shifts in biography over the years, from the "great person" in a social context, to the psychological study, to the personal revelation, and examines the questions and responsibilities facing the biographer.   Evaluation will consist of participation in all three classes and a written assignment; students will need to submit a short proposal for a biography they might like to write.   Seminar format.  Enrollment limit: 25 with consent.
Sem 2    CRN 10772    MWF--1:30-2:30  Mr. Millette

Cancelled Course

334.  African Literary Theory & Theorizing (idential to ENGL 434).


Cancelled Course

335.  Identity & Ethnicity in South Asia.

Day/Time/Description Change

292.  Museum Anthropology
This course will have a unique format in the Spring semester as students have the opportunity to assist in the reorganization of the department's ethnographic collections.  We will inventory and catalog objects that were donated during the nineteenth century from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and design an appropriate storage system for them. Students will research the history of these collections in the College Archives and search for similar collections  elsewhere. Readings about the history  and significance of such collecting activity will be discussed at each class meeting.  A major research  paper will be required which draws on some aspect of this project. Consent only.  Priority will be given to anthropology and archeological studies majors, and others who have a particular interest in museum studies.
Sem 2    W--7:00-10:00 pm

New Courses

102.  Introduction to Biological Anthropology    3 hours
      3SS, CD
See catalog for course description.
Sem 2    CRN 10637    ANTH-102-01    MWF--3:30-4:20    Sharon White

215.  Art, Language and Society    3 Hours
This course features a multifaceted approach to the anthropological study of Art, by including contributions from linguistic and cultural anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the voices of the artists themselves.  The course expands and rethinks definitions of art and language, encouraging a discussion of how such definitions can influence our ways to approach and experience art.  Various art genres will be discussed in relationship to such issues as the construction of social identities (ethnic, racial and gender identities) and the structuring of political power.  Prerequisites:  Anthropology 101 or the instructor's consent.
Sem 2    CRN 10638    ANTH-215-01  WF--Noon-1:15 p.m.  Valentina Pagliai

222.  The Archaeology of Contact:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to     3 hours
      Early Historic Period Research
The Archaeology of Contact is designed as a methodology course focused on the design of conjunctive research and the integrated use of ethnohistoric sources and archaeological data.  The course is designed for students enrolled in the anthropology major or archaeology program that have completed Introductory Archaeology and Introductory Cultural Anthropology.  Students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques and issues in the use of ethnohistoric sources in archaeological research through collaborative learning exercises and directed discussions.  In the second half of the course, a series of cases studies from the Eastern Woodlands will be presented for group analysis.
The course is divided into six units.  Units one and two focus on the methodological aspects of ethnohistoric research as well as good and bad approaches to the use of ethnohistoric data in archaeological investigation.
Units three through six will each focus on a single case study that students will analyze through group projects.  Group projects will be designed to analyze the elements of each study's research design and to assess the success of the project team in meeting the project objectives
PREREQUISITES:  ANTH 101: Introductory Cultural Anthropology and ANTH 103: Introductory Archaeology
Sem 2     CRN 10639    ANTH-222-01  TTh--09:30-10:50    Sharon White

497.  GIS Applications to Research Problems    3 hours
GIS Applications to Research Problems is designed as a senior seminar focused on the technical, methodological, and theoretical application of Geographic Information Systems within anthropological research.  Although focused primarily on archaeological applications of GIS and GPS technology to research problems, the course will also explore applications of GIS modeling in other subdisciplines of anthropology where studies of distributions and spatial patterns may be a desirable analytical tool.
The course is divided into three units.  Each unit is designed to focus on developing an understanding of the potentials and advantages of GIS-based data synthesis, analysis and presentation.  Unit one will provide an overview of the basic components of a Geographic Information System, discuss how these components relate to alternative methods of computer-aided data analysis, and discuss how GIS may be integrated into problem and application oriented research designs.  Unit two will analyze the practical applications of GIS in anthropological research through the use of representative professional projects and student-organized projects.  The third unit of the course will discuss the limitations and problems of GIS-based research and how these may be resolved by current developments in the methodology both within anthropology and in related disciplines such as geography.
Over the course of the semester, teams assigned at the beginning of the semester will research, develop and present an original GIS-based, focused research design in consultation with the instructor.  Responsibilities for aspects of the project will be divided among team members who will independently collect and synthesize background information for presentation to the group.  These individual presentations will consist of geographic presentations of spatial and ecological data supported by written materials such as annotated bibliographies, literature reviews and outlines.  As one outcome of the semester project, students should develop a basic proficiency in collaborative and individual research techniques.
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, one course in basic statistics and a basic working knowledge of computers.
REQUIRED TEXTS: Westcott, K.L. and R.J. Brandon 2000  Practical Applications of GIS for Archaeologists.  Taylor & Francis, Inc., Philadelphia.  Peuquet, D.J. and D.F. Marble 1993  Introductory Readings in Geographic Information Systems.  Taylor & Francis, Inc., Philadelphia.
Sem 2    CRN 10640    ANTH 497-01  W--9:00-10:45    Sharon White

Change in Description

450.  Seminar on Gender in Cross-cultural Prospective
This course examines cross-cultural images of manhood and womanhood as well as the debate in anthropology on the ways in which "genders" and "sexualities" should be understood and studies.  The course perspective will center on gender identities as performed and will touch on several topics including:  feminist prospectives in anthropology; the historical development of ideas of masculinity/feminity; gender and language; cross-cultural constructions of motherhood and caring; gender in colonial and post-colonial perspectives; sexuality and desire; and gender and power.
ANTH 450-01   T--l:00-2:45 p.m.  Valentina Pagliai


Day/Time Changes

059.  Visual Concepts & Processes:  Digital Video will meet MW--9:00-12:00.
065.  Problems in Painting will meet TTh--9:00-12:00.
082.  Problems in Sound:  Workshop will meet TTh--9:00-12:00.

Cancelled Courses

102.  Approaches to Medieval Art History.
110.  Monument & Memory in Western Art.
141.  The Persistence of Memory: Basic Issues in Western Art.
238.  Northern Renaissance Art from Durer to Goltzius.
244.  French Art under the Bourbon Kings, 1661-1789.
246.  Spanish Painting in the Golden Age, 1600-1700.
352.  Illuminated Manuscripts in Oberlin Collections.

Reinstated Course - First Year Colloquium

107.  Looking at Objects:  Art and Archaeometry will be taught spring 2002.
Sem 2    CRN 10764    ARTS-107-01    TTh--1:30-2:45    Ms. Kane   Consent required

New Course

111.  African Art   2 hours
This course introduces students to the traditional arts of Africa.  Course focuses on West and Central Africa.  Topics include human society and environment, trade and economic enterprise, religion (traditional, Christianity and Islam), and museums and collecting African Art.  Class sessions will include several visits to Allen Art Museum exhibition, "A Matter of Taste".  No prerequisite.  Enrollment limit: 25 students
Sem 2    CRN 10642    ARTS-111-01    TTh--10:00-11:50    Sharon Patton    MODULE 2

New Course Descriptions

109. Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture    3 hours
     3HU, CD
An introduction to the architecture, painting, and decorative arts of the Islamic World from the seventh to the seventeenth century.  The course is divided into  large epochs within which stylistic change and important themes are treated  within their political and religious contexts.  The course will provide a basic understanding of the historical evolution and regional variation of Islamic art and a deeper appreciation of its major themes and concepts.

216.  Topics in Chinese Art: Chinese Painting     3 hours
Study of Chinese painting and practice from the Han through the late twentieth century.  Issues of style and connoisseurship and themes of landscape and narrative will be considered with regard to social and cultural contexts.  Particular attention will be given to the construction of the concept of the "artist" and the development of art criticism.  Prerequisites:  Arts 104 or EAS 141 required; study of Chinese culture recommended.

234. Byzantine and Ottoman Architecture    3 hours
Istanbul/Constantinople occupies a unique place in history as the capital city of two great and long-lived    dynasties:  Byzantium (395-1453) and the Ottoman Empire (1300-1910).  It is also a city that has amply preserved the  architectural record of these dynasties, including grand and famous monuments as the Hagia Sophia and the Suleymaniye  and more intimate structures as the Pantokrator Monastery or the Mosque of Rustam Pasha.  Focusing primarily on the architecture of Istanbul between the sixth and sixteenth centuries and secondarily on related monuments in Greece and the Balkans, this course presents a historical discussion of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and explores some the central themes that unified and differentiated these two architectural traditions.  These themes include: classical survivals and revivals, the centrality of faith and its varying manifestation, building design and technology, Justinian and Suleyman as paradigmatic figures, and the architectural response to diminishing resources.

315.  Seminar: Painting and the Arts of the Book in the Islamic World
This seminar deals with Arab and Persian illuminated manuscripts from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, focusing primarily on their chronological development and central themes.  It discusses the rise of Arab painting as a purely secular manifestation of the scientific and literary pursuits of the culture. It focuses in particular on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Persian painting and literary culture, investigating  their influence in later centuries and on neighboring regions.  Thematically, the seminar emphasizes the most important genres of Persian Manuscripts, the epic, the amorous, and the mystic, analyzing the reasons for their popularity in different times and places.  Visits to the important collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art will be arranged.


Cancelled Courses

152.   Tennis I.
252.   Tennis II
252B.  Tennis II
501.   Sport in Society.
503.   Issues of Women in Sport.
524.   Advanced Athletic Training.


Course Description Announced

205. Community Ecology. 4NS

Community ecology is the study of the relationships among populations of different species. Processes and factors influencing these relationships include competition, predation, symbioses, and historical contingency. In this course we will examine theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding community structure. Laboratory exercises will familiarize students with field and analytical techniques as well as local flora and fauna. Students will attend lab once per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 or consent of instructor. Enrollment limit: 24 in lecture, 12 in each lab section.
Sem 2  BIOL-205-01     TTh--11:00-12:15        Mr. Tarvin
Sem 2  BIOL-205-02     TTh--11:00-12:15        Mr. Tarvin

Cancelled Courses

101.  Topics in Human Biology was taught fall 2001.
302.  Developmental Biology.
314.  Cell Biological Research.

New Course

30.  Sound Medicine or Dangerous Magic: The Science Behind Traditional Medicine    3 hours
Course explores the science behind medical treatments developed prior to "modern" medicine.  The biological effects of selected folk remedies, as well as the nature of the diseases against which the remedies were used, will be studied.  Modern medicine is at times re-discovering folk remedies and at other times being guided by traditional therapies in the search for cures.  The course thus will also consider the challenges of modern drug discovery (e.g., testing for causality, human trials and informed consent,
costs).  Enrollment limit: 14 first-year students.
Sem 2    CRN 10646    BIOL-30-01    MW 7-8:20 p.m.    Mr. Allen
         CRN 10765    BIOL-30-02    MR 7-7:20 p.m.    Mr. Allen  L. 6 with consent

New Section

205.  Community Ecology
Sem 2    CRN 10515    BIOL-205-01    TTh--11:00-12:15 & W--1:30-4:30    Mr. Tarvin    Limit 12
Sem 2    CRN 10647    BIOL-205-02    TTh--11:00-12:15 & F--1:30-4:30    Mr. Tarvin    Limit 12


Cancelled Course

405.  Topics in Organic Chemistry


New Description

109.  Topics in Chinese Film    3 hours
      3HU, CD
The theme of this course will be "Revolution, Romance, and History in Twentieth-Century Chinese Film."   The course will survey Chinese films produced in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from the 1930s to 1990s.  Particular attention will be paid to the representation of modern China in Chinese films as they explore the themes of revolution and love.
Sem 2    CHIN-109-01    MWF--1:30-2:20    Mr. Chen


Cancelled Course/Section

235.  (section 02)  Computer Application Development.
362.  Advanced Software Development.

New Course

215.  Cryptology    3 hours
A study of secret codes and their relationship to computers.  Principally, the mathematics underlying codes and codebreaking (cryptanalysis), and the impact of computers that has resulted in the need for more complex
techniques.  A historical survey will consider such topics as the deciphering of the Enigma code during World War II.  Also considered is the fundamental role of encoding in the principals of computing.  Students will write small programs demonstrating deciphering techniques, and use software especially designed for this course.  Prerequisites: Computer Science 150 and high-school mathematics, or consent of the instructor.  Given in alternate years only.
Sem 2    CRN 10683    CSCI-215-01    MWF--11:00-11:50    Mr. Salter

Day/Time Changes

280.  Algorithms/Structs/Abstracts will meet TTh--11:00-12:15.
364.  Artificial Intelligence will meet MWF--10:00-10:50.
383.  Theory of Computer Science will meet TTh--3:00-4:15.


Cancelled Courses

273.  Western Dance History & Aesthetics.
395.  Special Topics in Choreography.


Cancelled Courses

151.  Chinese Thought & Religion (identical to RELG 235).
163.  The Korean War (see EAST 362)
261.  Gendered Modernities East Asia.
360.  War & Nation Building in East Asia, 1878-1979.

Format/Day & Time Change

362.  The Korean War - same description as EAST 163 but now taught as a seminar limited to 20 students.
Sem 2    CRN 10651    EAST-362-01    W--2:30-4:20    Ms. Jager


Cancelled Course

353. Microeconomic Theory.

New Course Descriptions

223. Education and Welfare    3 hours
     3SS, QPh
This course focuses on two distinct, but related issues:  the reasons for and consequences of welfare assistance in the U.S.; and the determinants of school achievement and its economic rate of return.  The relation between employment, individual aspirations, and family structure is examined, especially as they relate to poverty and fertility.   Prerequisites: ECON 101 or equivalent.
Sem 2    ECON-223-01    MWF--2:30-3:45    Mr. Kasper

232.  Experimental Economics      3 hours
          3SS, QPh
A significant number of important economists have now adopted experimental techniques in the quest for answers to problems such as: do competitive markets really reach equilibrium; how fast does it take them to do that; how efficient are the results; does raising payments to citizens encourage them to protest the siting of disamenities such as waste dumps less or more (the NIMBY problem); how prevalent is cheating among college students.  We shall address problems of this nature and others of interest to the students in the workshop by designing our own original experiments and running them using Oberlin College subjects.  Consent of instructor required.
Sem 2    ECON-232-01    TTh--11:00-12:15    Mr. Piron

331. Natural Resource Economics    3 hours
     3SS, QPh
The course applies microeconomic analysis to the allocation and management of non-renewable and renewable natural resources.  Specific resources to be analyzed are land, water, fossil fuel and mineral resources, as well as fisheries and forests.  The influence of property right regimes and market structure and the distinction between public and private goods will be stressed.  Static/steady state models are presented first but the emphasis will be on natural resource use in a more realistic dynamic setting when use in one period will affect the amount available in future periods.  Prerequisites: ECON 253 and MATH 133.  ECON/ENVS 231 recommended.  Much of this course is inherently mathematical.  It will be assumed that all students are willing to stretch their basic knowledge of calculus.   Identical to ENVS 331.
Sem 2   ECON-331-01    MWF--12:00-1:15    Ms. Gaudin

431.  Seminar: Environmental and Resource Economics    3 hours
This seminar will involve a study of contemporary literature and research dealing with the economics of natural resource use and the environment. Prerequisites: ECON 253. Identical to ENVS 431.  Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2    ECON-431-01    T--7:30-9:30 pm    Gaudin

New Courses

258.  Mathematical Methods for Economic Analysis    4 hours
An introduction to mathematical optimization techniques in economics.  Students will develop skills in linear algebra and multivariate calculus and utilize these skills to derive analytical solutions to a variety of economic problems first introduced in ECON 251 and elsewhere. An  introduction to the economics of uncertainty and/or optimization over time  will be included as time permits. Prerequisites: ECON 251 and MATH 133.
Sem 2    CRN 10682    ECON-258-01    MWF--11:00-12:15 pm    Mr. Grim

355.  Advanced Econometrics: Special Topics    3 hours
      3SS, QPf
The course will cover advanced topics in econometrics as a sequel to Economics 255.  Topics to be covered will include estimation with systems of equations; nonlinear estimation techniques including models with limited dependent variables; panel data estimation techniques; and nonparametric econometric methods.  Course work will involve applications of each of these techniques to economic data using a variety of computer programs. Prerequisites: ECON 255
Sem 2    CRN 10546    ECON-355-01    TTh--1:30-2:50    Ms. Craig

423.  The Economics of Social Security and Its Reform    3 hours
This seminar will begin with an overview of the history, economics, and politics of the U.S. Social Security System.  Attention will then turn to the demographic pressures upon the system over the next fifty years.  Social security systems in other countries and several current proposals for change will be explored as preparation for the class project:  a policy paper proposing a means of modifying the System in the face of the demographic pressures.  Prerequisites:  ECON 251 and ECON 353 or permission.
Sem 2    CRN 10547    ECON-423-01    T--1:00-2:50       Mr. Grim

Time Change

251.  Intermediate Macroeconomics will meet MWF--11:00-12:15.


Cancelled Course

201.  External Sources of Inspiration.


Courses cancelled

261.  Humor & 20th Century African American Literature.
360.  Representing Blackness, Whiteness & Citizenship in American Fiction.
400.  Seminar: Literary Sympathies & Social Consciousness.
434.  Seminar: Africana Literary Theory & Theorizing (identical to AAST 334).

Title & Instructor Announced

188.  Memory in Shakespeare      3 hours
      3HU, WRi
An exploration of the concept of memory through the art and figure of Shakespeare. We will balance our reading of the sonnets, Henry V, Hamlet, and The Winter's Tale with more theoretical accounts of memory by thinkers from Plato to Freud. We'll also keep in mind the remembrance of Shakespeare's own works, whether in celebratory poems by Jonson and Milton, or in suggestive narratives by Borges, James, Joyce, and Wilde. Enrollment limit: 16 first-year students only.
Sem 2    ENGL-188-01  MWF 10:00-10:50  Mr. Newstrom
         ENGL-188-02  MWF 1:30-2:20    Mr. Newstrom

Title/Instructor Changed/Section Added

212.  London in Eighteenth-Century Literature    3 hours
      3HU, WR
London was the first great modern metropolis, and came to occupy a central place in the British imagination. By turns wondered at and reviled, London was, for the British, a place of infinite variety and possibility, but also a place of temptation, danger, and loneliness. This course examines a range of representations of London life in works of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfictional prose during the "long" eighteenth century (roughly 1660-1805). P, EL. Prerequisite: Any Writing Intensive course, or Writing Certification in any course in the Humanities. Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2    ENGL-212-01  TTh 11:00-12:15  Mr. Pauley
         ENGL-212-02  TTh 3:00-4:15    Mr. Pauley

Title & Description Changed

302.  Medieval Women Writers      3 hours
      3HU, WR
Although we cannot really speak of a "female literary tradition" in the Middle Ages, the period is not quite the "long silence" for women's writing that scholars once thought. We will study those women who, remarkably, managed to make themselves heard, including Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Marie de France, Heloise, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Christine de Pisan, the Paston women, and Anonymous. F, EL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.

Title Changed/Instructor Announced

336. Marlowe and Shakespeare      3 hours
     3HU, WR
Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, both born in 1564, were each widely regarded as exceptionally gifted playwrights during their lifetimes, yet Marlowe's early death has contributed to a somewhat diminished sense of his achievement. In this course we will attempt to bring Marlowe and Shakespeare back into dialogue with each other, by reading most of Marlowe's plays in conjunction with selected plays by Shakespeare. D, EL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2     ENGL-336-01      MWF 3:30-4:20    Mr. Newstrom

New Courses

271.  Hollywood and its Alternatives: An Introduction to Cinema Studies     3 hours
      3HU, WR
This course explores ways in which films tell stories. It introduces students to basic questions in cinema studies, focusing on the narrative models employed in classical Hollywood movies and in alternative modes of cinema (independent, non-American, nonfiction). Students will consider elements of film form and style (narrative, cinematography, framing, mise-en-scene, editing, sound), as well as methods and issues in film history and theory (production, distribution, exhibition, authorship, self-reflexivity, genre, the star system). F, WL. Prerequisite: Any Writing Intensive course, or Writing
Certification in any course in the Humanities. Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2    CRN 10658    ENGL-271-01   TTh--9:35-10:50        Mr. Pingree
                                    T--7:00-10:00 pm

274.  Literary and Cultural Postmodernism    4 hours
      4HU, WR
A study of contemporary American fiction from the perspective of postmodernism and postmodernity. We will read work by Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Auster, Octavia Butler, and Art Spiegelman. In addition, we'll watch several films frequently described as postmodern, such as Blade Runner, Blue Velvet, and The House of Yes. F, AL. Prerequisite: Any Writing Intensive course, or Writing Certification in any course in the Humanities. Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2    CRN 10659    ENGL-274-01  TTh--1:30-2:45    Mr. Willman

344.  Paranoia and Conspiracy in Contemporary American Narrative       4 hours
      4HU, WR
Paranoia and conspiracy have been prominent themes in the history of the second half of the twentieth century, from the Red Scare of the 1950s to the rise of right-wing militias in the 1990s. This course will examine what is contentiously called "the paranoid school of American fiction" in an effort to understand the cultural work performed by conspiratorial narratives. By examining a range of texts--political essays, novels, films, and television shows--we will explore the ways in which conspiratorial narratives function ambivalently within American society, both as a reassuring source of meaning and as a reactionary response to a presumed external threat. Fiction by Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ishmael Reed, Diane Johnson, Leslie Marmon Silko, James Ellroy, Margaret Atwood, and William Gibson. F, AL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10660    ENGL-344-01  TTh--9:35-10:50    Mr. Willman

356. Contemporary British Fiction and Minority Discourse  4 hours
     4HU, WR
In this survey of postwar British fiction, we will examine the ways in which novels and short stories both problematize and rely upon their status as minority literature. We will explore the trope of marginality as a narrative strategy in contemporary fiction, and we will discuss how very different kinds of texts--working class, feminist, gaelic, postcolonial, and queer--understand and cultivate a sense of difference. Writers may include Sam Selvon, Alan Sillitoe, Penelope Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing, and Irvine Welsh. F, WL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10661    ENGL-356-01    MWF--2:30-3:20    Mr. Kalliney

357.  Documentary Forms       4 hours
      4HU, WR
What exactly do we mean by "documentary"? As a mode of representation, is documentary truly able to capture the real world in ways that fictional forms cannot? In this course we will explore some of the practical and theoretical issues surrounding documentary representation in various media, especially in the cinema. We will examine a variety of visual and written documentary texts and asks how each frames "the real." We will consider documentary practices from a variety of standpoints--in terms of narrative structure, mimetic capacity, political meaning, ethical power, and historical significance. Juniors and seniors only. F, AL. Prerequisite: A previous film studies course, or three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10662    ENGL-357-01   TTh--1:30-2:45        Mr. Pingree
                                   W--7:00-10:00 pm

359.  Literature, Race, and Justice      4 hours
      4HU, WR, CD
An exploration of trials, justice, and natural law in literature. We consider how narratives create systems of justice, how they advance claims to narrative authority, and how readers form judgments based on narrative. We will focus on theories of race, responses to racial injustice, and the creation of codes of justice in narrative forms. Works include Melville�s Benito Cereno, Chesnutt�s "Po� Sandy," Dreiser�s An American Tragedy, Wright�s Native Son, Styron�s Confessions of Nat Turner. Secondary readings include Toni Morrison, Derrick Bell, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Patricia Williams. F, AL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level English courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10663    ENGL-359-01    TTh--11:00-12:15    Ms. Morrisette

444.  Seminar: Toni Morrison      4 hours
      4HU, WR, CD
A survey of the work of Toni Morrison in light of the relation of history and fiction in American literature. We will focus on representations of African American women�s narratives and on the related depictions of individual and communal identity, migration and belonging. We�ll also explore New Historicism and cultural studies, Black feminist literary criticism, and psychoanalysis as they apply to Morrison�s writing. F, AL. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 15.
Sem 2    CRN 10664    ENGL-444-01    W--7:00-9:30 pm    Ms. Morrissette


New Section

101.  Environment & Society
Sem 2    CRN 10669    ENVS-101-02    TTh--1:30-2:45    Mr. Macauley

New Course

208.  Environmental Policy    3 hours
See catalog for course description.  Identical to POLT 208.
Sem 2    CRN 10694    ENVS-208-01    TTh--3:00-4:15    Mr. Macauley

335.  Technology and the Environment     3 hours
This course involves a close and critical examination of technology and its  relation to the natural and built environments. We will explore the impact  of technology upon landscape, animals, place, human and nonhuman nature,  the body, perception, and our communities. After a consideration of major  theories of technology (technological evolution, determinism, drift and  extension), we will discuss specific technologies associated with written  language, the domestication of fire, clocks, computers, automobiles,  television, genetic engineering, hand tools, and cybernetic organisms. We  will look at attempts and movements to develop appropriate, ecological or  human scale technology and examine practical and theoretical issues related  to power, participation, gender, and "techno-nature". Students will be encouraged to pursue research, writing, or community projects as they relate to their chosen fields.  Consent of the instructor required.  Preference given to Environmental Studies majors. Enrollment Limit:  25
Sem 2    CRN 10742    ENVS 335-01    M 7:15-9:45 PM       Mr. Macauley

New Course Description

331. Natural Resource Economics    3 hours
     3SS, QPh
The course applies microeconomic analysis to the allocation and management of non-renewable and renewable natural resources.  Specific resources to be analyzed are land, water, fossil fuel and mineral resources, as well as fisheries and forests.  The influence of property right regimes and market structure and the distinction between public and private goods will be stressed.  Static/steady state models are presented first but the emphasis will be on natural resource use in a more realistic dynamic setting when use in one period will affect the amount available in future periods.  Prerequisites: ECON 253 and MATH 133.  ECON/ENVS 231 recommended.  Much of this course is inherently mathematical.  It will be assumed that all students are willing to stretch their basic knowledge of calculus.   Identical to ECON 331.
Sem 2   ENVS-331-01    MWF--12:00-1:15    Ms. Gaudin


Description Announced

250.  French Cinema: An Introduction to Post-Colonial CinemA    3 hours
      3HU, CD
In this class, students will be introduced to contemporary French post-colonial cinema, with a focus on Northern-African cinema (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), Western-African cinema (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cameroun, Gabon), and Beur cinema (films made by French filmmakers of Northern-African origins).  We will study how Francophone filmmakers use cinema (a fairly new medium in French former colonies) to express such notions as colonization, decolonization, exile, and post-colonial identity.  Film language and film theory will also be introduced.  Taught in English. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem. 2     FREN-250-01   TTh--7:00-9:30 p.m.   Ms. Trégouët

New Course

316.  Flaubert and Zola: Major Novels               2 hours
      2HU, CD
In this first-module course, we will read four major, influential  novels of two preeminent nineteenth century French authors: Gustave Flaubert�s Madame Bovary and L�Éducation sentimentale and Émile Zola�s L�Assommoir and Germinal.  These works will be studied against a background of historical, political, and social factors marking the latter half of the century.  We will also consider the extent to which these novels can be said to typify the realist and naturalist movements in literature.
Taught in English. Credit toward the French major or minor awarded only if works are read and papers written in French. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem. 2    CRN 10748   FREN-316-01   TTh--3-4:15    Mr. Szykowski    FIRST MODULE


Cancelled Course

119. Volcanoes & Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.

New Course

144.  Geology Gone Wrong     3 hours
      3NS, WR
This course considers old theories in geology and the new ideas that replaced them in order to learn about the scientific process.  Topics will include the shrinking earth hypothesis, the origin of glacial deposits, and the evolution of plate tectonic theory.  The emphasis will be on learning about the increasing data that has been available to subsequent generations of scientists and the resulting dramatic changes in geologic theories and interpretations.  Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of both accepted paradigms and geologic evidence to theories and the development of scientific thought.  Enrollment Limit: 16 first- and second-year students only.
Sem 2    CRN10653    GEOL-144-01    TTh--1:30-2:45    Ms. Czeck


Cancelled Course

334.   Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

New Section

101.  (section 02) Elementary Spanish    5 hours
Sem 2    CRN 10770    MTWRF--11:00-11:50    Ms. Markoff-Belaeff  Consent

Description Announced

313.   THE UBIQUITY OF VISUAL METAPHORS: SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.   Snuff films, terminal identities, technologically mediated visions, cartoons, drag queens and vampires are, among others, some of the topics, visual formats or characters that serve as narrative metaphors in turn-of-the-century cinema in Spain and Latin America.  Amenabar, Medem, Almodóvar, Ripstein, Lombardi, del Toro, González Iñárritu (Amores perros) are some of the directors we will deal with in this course.   (In English)

331.   THE WORKS OF OCTAVIO PAZ.  Poet, political commentator, surrealist, playwright, polemical intellectual, Nobel laureate, the works of Octavio Paz left us with one of the most fascinating views on poetry and history in the last century.  From the sacred texts of the Upanishads to the Japanese haikai, from Baudelaire to French Surrealism, from Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to Borges, the poetics of Paz seems to have crossed every single period of history, arrived at every geographical imagination.  In this course we will deal with some of his most relevant works.   (In Spanish)

New Course

311.  Linguistics for Language Students    3 hours
This course addresses the questions of what human language is and what it means to know a language. Of central concern is how the scientific study of language helps to reveal the unconscious knowledge that enables speakers to understand their language and use it creatively. This survey course of Linguistics will touch briefly on each of the primary linguistic fields while covering in detail the theory and practice of Second Language Acquisition (SLA).
Sem 2    CRN 10056    SPAN-311-01    TTh--1:30-2:50pm    Ms. Faber


Cancelled Courses

119.  The 1960s.
112.  The Bourgeoisie & the Making of Modern Europe.
264.  Aliens & Citizens.
407.  Research Seminar: European Cultural & Intellectual History.

New Courses

163.  Modern South Asia, from British Imperialism to Modern Nation State    3 hours
      3SS, CD
This course will chart the history of South Asia (including present-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) from 1757 to the present.  Special attention will be paid to the nature of the colonial state, economy and society between 1757 and 1947, and the ways in which gender, caste, class, community, religious and other collective identities were historically constructed and impacted by colonialism and nationalism before and after the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 2    CRN 7617    HIST-163-01    TTh--9:35-10:50    Ms. Kasturi

227.  The Spanish Civil War      3 hours
As one of the defining events of the 20th century, the Spanish Civil War is frequently described as a "dress rehearsal" for World War Two or the true "Good Fight" of the Left.  In this course we will not only consider the Spanish war as a stage upon which Europeans and Americans of different political stripes projected their ideals and agendas, but will also trace the uniquely Spanish political, social, and cultural tensions that transformed the war into, above all else, a fight for national identity. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10687    HIST-227-01    MW--2:30-3:45    Ms. Abend

256.  Asian American Women's History    3 hours
      3SS, CD, WR
This lecture and discussion format course will commence with an examination of the "classic" texts in Asian American history, in order to determine and understand the manner in which the history of Asian American women has been constructed through such narrations. We will then study several revisionist works which respond to these initial narratives. Through a close reading of these works, we will attempt to understand the manner in which the historiography in the field has evolved in the past decade. Enrollment Limit:  25.
Sem 2    CRN 10688    HIST-256-01    TTh--1:30-2:45    Mr. Singh

259.  Protest Movements of Color in the 1960s   3 hours
      3SS, CD, WR
This lecture-discussion course will focus on the activities and ideologies of social protest movements during the 1960s led by African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.  Among the overriding themes will be the manner in which these movements challenged the norms of American society, how they transformed society, whether the changed they participated had a lasting effect, and the manner in which the U.S. Government responded to the challenges presented by these movements. Enrollment Limit:  25.
Sem 2    CRN 10689    HIST-259-01    TTh--3:00-4:15    Mr. Singh

275.  Slavery and the Slave Trade in Muslim Africa:  640 C.E. to 1900 C.E.    3 hours
      3SS, CD, WR
This course will be conducted as a seminar open to all class levels.  The course is an exploration of the Trans-Saharan, Nile Valley and Indian Ocean slave trades from 640 C.E. until the early 20th century C.E.   Attention will also be given to the concepts of slavery, race, and the treatment of slaves within the Muslim milieu.  Students will be required to submit regular written assignments and there will be a term paper due at the end of the semester. Discussions will be an integral aspect of the course. Identical to AAST 205. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit:  15.
Sem 2     CRN 10681    HIST-275-01    MW--12:00-1:15    Mr. Searcy

283.  Nationalism and Anti-Imperialist Movements in the British Empire, 19-20th Centuries    3 hours
      3SS, CD, WR
This course will critically compare and contrast the varying trajectories of movements of popular protest and nationalism in Africa and South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will study the ethnic, class, religious and secular roots and limits of Asian and African nationalisms and identity formation; the relationship between gender and nationalism; the formation of new nation states and the legacies and problems of post-colonial societies in the realms of �nationhood�, citizenship and �modernity�. Enrollment Limit:  20
Sem 2    CRN 10690    HIST-283-01    TTH--3:00-4:15    Ms. Kasturi

317.  Witches, Saints, and Visionaries:  Popular Religion in Europe    3 hours
      3SS, WR
Although their official religions did not sanction it, groups of Europeans long believed that certain women had the power to wither crops, that icons could perform miracles, or that the Virgin Mary might regularly appear to shepherd children.  This course will examine popular beliefs in an attempt to better understand how ordinary Europeans made sense of the world and their place in it.  Beginning with the 16th century and ending with the 20th, we will study the phenomena of witchcraft, miraculous healing, pilgrimage, and prophecy in their historical context, exploring the relationships between popular religious practice and social, economic, and political forces like industrialization, secularization, and nationalism. Consent of instructor required.  Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2    CRN 10691    HIST-317-01    T--1:00-2:50    Ms. Abend

355.  Knowing and Representing the "Other": Knowledge, Race, and Power    3 hours
      in the British Empire, 19th and 20th Centuries
      3SS, CD, WR
This seminar will analyze the ways in which British knowledge systems and narratives of race and power represented and categorized colonial subjects and shaped imperial perspectives and policies in South Asia and Africa.  It will investigate how the Empire came to be a field of play for British geographers, scientists, doctors, and ethnologists. Finally, it will explore the ways in which the colonized selectively resisted, manipulated, and appropriated hegemonic colonial discourses and modes of control, as their social, cultural and economic structures were transformed. Consent of instructor required.  Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2    CRN 10692    HIST-355-01    W--7:00-9:00 p.m.    Ms. Kasturi

374.  Under Stalin and Hitler     3 hours
      3SS, CD
This discussion-based seminar will explore, in a comparative fashion, a social, economic, political, and cultural analysis of two dictatorships, Stalin�s Russia and Hitler�s Germany.  We will discuss achievements and failures, enthusiasm and despair, resistance and accommodations, and other important issues related to these dictatorships.  Consent of the instructor required.  Enrollment Limit:  12.
Sem 2    CRN 10693    HIST-374-01    T--1:00-2:50    Ms. Osokina

New Course Descriptions/Time and Instructor

108.  Russian History II:  From the Mid-19th Century to the Present    3 hours
      3SS, CD, Note:  108 does NOT carry WR this semester.
The main goal of this introduction to modern Russian history is to give a broader understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural changes that occurred in Russia from the mid-19th century to the present.  The main topics to be discussed include: the abolition of serfdom and post-reform Russia, Russia�s wars and revolutions, Stalinism, Khrushchev�s "thaw" and Brezhnev�s "stagnation," Gorbachev�s perestroika, the Yeltsin revolution, and Russia under Putin�s presidency. Enrollment Limit:  50.
Sem 2    HIST-108-01    TTh--11:00-12:15    Ms. Osokina

331.  Colloquium in Asian American History    3 hours
      3SS, CD, WRi
This seminar will review the latest innovative works in Asian American history.  We will pay particular attention to authors who have suggested diasporic and/or transnational interpretive frameworks for understanding the historical experiences of Asian Americans.  This will allow exploration of how transcending national borders reconfigures our understanding of the Asian American experience. Major themes will include: slavery and emancipation, imperialism and neo-colonialism, migration and labor, race and gender, nationalism and globalization.  Prerequisite: One course in Asian American history and consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2    HIST-331-01    W--7:00-9:00 p.m.    Mr. Singh

New Course Description/Limits/onsent

266. Women and Social Movements in the United States: Antislavery, Reform,    3 hours
     Temperance and Women's Rights, 1830-1860
     3SS, CD
This class will explore  social movements before the Civil War that women joined and shaped.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the experiences of Oberlin women, as revealed in primary documents.  Class projects will include creation of a website of annotated documents about Oberlin women.  No previous experience with technology necessary. Consent of the Instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2    HIST-266-01    MW--2:30-3:45    Ms. Lasser

New Semester

148. The Collision of Cultures in North America, ca. 1500-1700    3 hours
     3SS, CD, WRi
Sem 2    HIST-148-01    MW--2:30-3:45    Mr. Kornblith


New Course

110.  The Fabrics of Central Asian Cultures  1 hour
This course is designed to coincde with the exhibit �Woven Treasures: Tribal Textiles from Central Asia,� at the Allen Memorial Art Museum (from March 2002).  Lectures by professors Uli Schamiloglu (Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin) and Jane Sharp (Associate Professor of Art, Rutgers University/Research Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum) will use objects from the exhibit to examine aspects of historical and contemporary Central Asian cultures.  The course will include four public lectures (March 7-20) organized around the exhibit�s theme, class sessions with Professors Schamiloglu and Sharp (2 x 90 min.), and at least one screening of a  contemporary film from Central Asia.  Credit/No entry grading.
Sem 2      CRN 10802     INST-110-01      Mr. Scholl


New Course

315.  The Tale of the Genji and its Refractions    3 hours
      3HU, CD, WRi
The eleventh - century Tale of Genji is often called the supreme masterpiece of Japanese literature. In this course, we will read the Tale of Genji in its entirety and discuss various aspects of the text by employing diverse critical perspectives. In order to understand more fully the impact of the Tale of Genji on all subsequent Japanese literature, from the middle ages to our own time, we will also read and discuss a number of other works: later courtly fiction, Noh Drama, and modern fiction by Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Enchi Fumiko, among others. No knowledge of Japanese language is required.  Prerequisite: JAPN 116 or EAST 131/HIST 159, or a prior literature course in another language & literature department.  Enrollment limit: 15.
Sem 2    CRN 10652    JAPN-315-01    Th--7:00-9:00 p.m.    Mr. Van Compernolle

Time Change

402.  Advanced Japanese II will now meet TR--0700-0815pm.


New Course

250.  The Holocaust: European Jewry, 1933-1945    1 hour
      1HU, CD
This course will focus on the destruction of the Jews on the European continent by Germany and its allies between 1933 and 1945.  Topics include:  definition of "Jew" under German law; anti-Jewish measures in Germany;
the ghetto system in Eastern Europe; the "Final Solution" (mass shootings and mass killing in gas chambers); the mechanics of mass murder; Nazi secrecy; coping strategies of victims; reactions of the outside world, especially the Pope and President Roosevelt.
There will be four classes and one public lecture by Professor Hilberg, of two hours total duration each (including discussion; total of 10 hours), plus one presentation by Jewish Studies staff, of 2 hours (overall
total: 12 hours), all of which will be required for credit.
Professor Raul Hilberg, Professor Emeritus, The University of Vermont, distinguished scholar, author of the classic work on the Holocaust, The Destruction of European Jews, as well as numerous other works will teach the course.
Classes will meet Sunday, Mon. Tues. and Wed. (3/10-13), from 4:30-6:30; the public lecture will be be on Thurs., 3/14, 4:30-6:30PM.  Credit/No Entry grading.  Limited to 100 students.
Sem 2    CRN 10763    JWST-250-01


Cancelled Course

090.  Environmental Mathematics.

Time Changes

132.  (section 02) Calculus Ib now meets MF--11:00-11:50 and W--11:00-12:50.
337.  Data Analysis meets TTh--1:30-2:50.


New Courses

101.  Neurobiology of the Mind: The Brain is Wider Than the Sky    3 hours
Recent scientific discoveries about mind, brain and behavior are making important contributions to our understanding of human nature.  This course will examine various aspects of brain structure and function (and damage and dysfunction) in relation to selected topics including emotion, language, thought and consciousness.  No prior background is assumed.  Both lecture and discussion formats will be used. Enrollment Limit: 20.  Not open to students who have taken NSCI 100 or 102.
Sem 2    CRN 9169    NSCI-101-01    MWF--11:00-11:50    Mr. Braford
Sem 2    CRN 9516    NSCI-101-02    MWF--1:30-2:20      Mr. Braford

304.  Psychoneuroimmunology    3 hours
Does psychological stress influence our susceptibility to infections?  Can chronic stress predispose us to cancer or autoimmune disease?  Does being sick alter one's mood or memory?  Can stress reduction improve health?  These and related questions are under study by scientists working in the interdisciplinary field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), which seeks to understand bi-directional relationships between the brain and immune system.  In this course you will gain a working knowledge of the immune system and of the neural, neuroendocrine, and cytokine pathways through which the brain and immune system communicate.  With this as a foundation, we will critically evaluate pivotal experiments intended to address the above questions, as well as stress-reduction techniques and mechanisms through which they might act.  Prerequisites: NSCI 201 or NSCI 204, or consent of instructor.  Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2    CRN 10670    NSCI-304-01    TTh--11:00-12:15    Mr. Dopp

305.  Laboratory in Psychoneuroimmunology    1 hour
In this course, students will participate both as subjects and experimenters in a series of experiments investigating how brief physical or psychological stress affects the human cardiovascular, muscular, and immune systems.  In the process, students will gain mastery of several techniques integral to human PNI research:  Measurement of EKG and EMG, density gradient isolation of white blood cells, sterile tissue culture, in vitro functional assays, flow cytometry (including a field trip to CWRU), and Western blotting.  Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NSCI 304 or consent of instructor. Enrollment limit: 12.
Sem 2    CRN 10671    NSCI-305-01    T--1:30-4:30    Mr. Dopp


Cancelled Course

226.  Social & Political Philosophy.

Title/Semester Change

234.  Will be taught semester 2 and will be called Normative Ethics.


Cancelled Courses

066.  Light & Color.
412.  Appplied Quantum Mechanics.

New Section

051.( section 02) Einstein & Relativity
Sem 2     CRN 10804     TTh--1:30-2:45     Mr. Styer   MODULE 1

New Course

321.  General Relativity    2 or 3 hours
      2 or 3NS
Structures on manifolds; spacetime structure. Einstein's field equations and their classic solutions. Models of stellar equilibrium and collapse. Gravitational waves.   Relativistic cosmologies.  Consent of the instructor.
Sem 2    CRN 10758    PHYS-321-01    TBA    Krsna Dev


New Courses

210.  Latin American Politics    3 hours
Examines major political issues' affects upon Latin America states.  The first half surveys the region between the WWII and 1985 focused on economic development, the break down of democracy and turns toward authoritarianism.  The second half examines challenges of democratization and prospects for current regimes.  Two major questions focus the class:  What are the sources of political change and stability in Latin America?  What are the prospects for changing those conditions?  Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10675    POLT-210-01    TTh--1:30-2:45    Mr. Arias

220.  Environmental Politics in the Postcommunist Space    3 hours
While the debate on capitalism and the environment continues, the collapse of communism exposed an ecological catastrophe.  Divided into three sections, the course will look at: environmental management under communism, including the cult of science, planning, and right-wing environmental movements; the current scope of problems, the weak capacity by both civil society and the state to address them, and the impact of economic changes on them; and the international dimension, such as multilateral lending, European integration, and the negotiation of new environmental agreements.  Enrollment limit: 30
Sem 2    CRN 10676    POLT-220-01    TTh--9:00-10:15    Mr. Deets

223.  International Political Economy    3 hours
Examines international political economy focusing on East Asian and Latin American states' efforts to spur development and create political stability.  The first half will examine basic models of political economy.  The second half will focus on challenges to those models, examining changing conditions in the developing world.  The course will critically examine the structure and coming changes of interactions between politics and the economy in developing countries.  Prerequisite:  Politics 120 or one course in Economics.  Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 10677    POLT-223-01    TTH--9:00-10:15    Mr. Arias

312.  Seminar: Minority Rights in a Liberal Democratic State    3 hours
What are the cultural and political rights of minorities? Do the rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, and immigrants differ? This seminar will grapple with both the many tensions between liberal theory and communal identity and with the practical problems of enacting policies based on group rights.  While the seminar will focus on the US, Canada, and Europe, cases from other regions will be examined.  Enrollment limit: 15.
Sem 2    CRN 10678    POLT-312-01    T--7:30-9:30 p.m.    Mr. Deets

329.  Seminar: Globalization     3 hours
Rapid transnational economic, political, and social integration acquired widening public attention following the 1999 WTO meeting in Seattle.  Globalization is mostly seen as some combination of neo-liberal economic policies and global trade integration, called the "Washington Consensus."  This seminar will trace the globalization process, examining problems such as the drugs and arms trade, environmental degradation, and the trade in human beings.  The class's final section will examine emerging alternative visions of the globalized world.  Enrollment limit:  15
Sem 2    CRN 10679    POLT-329-01    T--7 :30-9:30    Mr. Arias


Cancelled Courses

117.  The Sacred & the Other.
235.  Chinese Thought & Religion (identical to EAST 151).
276.  Understanding Music & Ritual.

New Course Description

Topic for 2001-2002: Religious Existentialism.   This seminar examines some of the classic figures in 20th-century religious existentialism within the Christian and Jewish traditions such as Rahner, Buber, Marcel, Tillich, Levinas.  These thinkers will be studied in the context of religious existentialism's forerunners (Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard) and its contemporaneous secular philosophical influences (Sartre, Camus, Heidegger).  CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED.  Enrollment limit: 15.
Sem. 2    RELG-343-01     Th--7:00-9:00 pm.      Mr. Kamitsuka

New Courses

227.  Contemporary Religious Thought in the West    3 hours      THIS COURSE IS NOT BEING OFFERED
An examination of selected issues in contemporary religious thought.  Issues to be explored may include the justification of religious belief, the problem of evil, the relationship of science and religion, theories of religion and religious language, views of God, and interreligious dialogue in an age of pluralism.  Readings will be drawn from prominent contemporary thinkers from the Jewish, Christian and secular traditions.  Enrollment limit: 35.
Sem 2    CRN 10695    RELG-227-01    Hours & Instructor to be arranged

271.  Islamic Authorities:  Law and Society    3 hours.
      3HU, CD
Survey of flexible Islamic understandings of how to apply religious ideals within modern Muslim social experience, grounded in legal traditions and anthropology of law.  Emphasis on Muslim visions of moral order, community and nation, highlighting postcolonial ideologies of "Islamic statehood" and progressive agendas.  Consideration of key symbols and rhetorics of Muslim politics, as well as educational institutions and mass media that propagate diverse perspectives on fundamental questions of authority in contemporary Islam.
Sem 2    CRN 10696     RELG-271-01    MW--12:00-1:15    Ms. Gade

317.  Saints, Pilgrims and Holiness: Christian Experience of the Sacred    3 hours
Explores Christian traditions of the sacred in the written lives of Catholic and Orthodox saints, their pilgrimage sites, their artistic representations, and their relics.  We will attempt to answer the question of what it means to be a saint, considering saints both as role models and as conduits of divine power. Our format will range widely across time and space, allowing for cultural, linguistic and denominational comparisons within the Christian traditions. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit 15
Sem 2    CRN 10697    RELG-271-01    T--7:00-9:00 p.m.    Ms. Calendine

Day/Time Changes

102.  Roots of Western Tradition will meet MWF--2:30-3:20.
218.  Christian Thought & Action will meet MW--12:00-1:15.


New Course

207.  Studies in Journalism        3 hours
         3HU, WRi
Sem 2     CRN 10762     RHET 207   01     MW      0230-0350pm      Fulwood Sam         Limit 20 upperclass


Day/Time Change

326.  Literature of Dissent will meet TR--3:00-4:15.


Cancelled Courses

122.  Principles of Sociological Thinking.
241.  Urban Sociology.

New Course

266.  Postmodern City    3 hours
This course examine will the relationship between space, place, and cultural understandings of the city.  It will focus specifically on the construction and destruction of urban icons and neighborhoods and the meanings of space and place for urban planners, real estate developers, cultural entrepreneurs, and the people who inhabit particular spaces within the geo-cultural boundaries of the city.  Urban Landscapes will take up the question "What is a postmodern city"? and will focus specifically on Detroit, Cleveland, Las Vegas, New York, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong as examples of the postmodern metropolis.  Readings will include Sharon Sutton, Harvey Motolch, Lewis Mumford, Jurgen Habermas, Paul Rabinow, and M. Christine Boyer. Prerequisites:   One course in Sociology or consent of the instructor.  Enrollment Limit  30
Sem. 2    CRN 10655    SOCI-266-01    MWF--11:00-11:50    Ms. Weston

290.  Leadership:  Theories, Concepts & Practices    3 hours
This course is designed to help students 1) develop an understanding of leadership theories, concepts, and styles, 2) think critically about the various aspects of leadership and management, and 3) critically assess and evaluate one's own leadership style, skills, and abilities. Participants are expected to attend 1) class meetings each and 2) 6 leadership workshops offered through the "Take the Lead: Oberlin�s Student Leadership Series."
1.  Attend class meetings every Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30pm.
2.  Read articles and related material as assigned for each class meeting.
3.  Complete five (5), two (2) page reaction papers.
4.  Attend and participate in six workshops sponsored by "Take the Lead: Oberlin's Student Leadership Series."
5.  Complete a one (1) page critique on each workshop.  The paper is to critique each workshop.  Discuss what you found to be of interest and areas that you hope to apply to your own leadership style.  You are also encouraged to address any questions that the workshop my have raised for you.
6.  Complete a six (6) page midterm paper comparing and contrasting leadership theories.
7.  Complete a twenty (20) page final paper (typed-double spaced) on an approved area of leadership.  A minimum of eight (8) sources must be used and cited in the attached bibliography.
Sem 2    CRN 10630    SOCI-290-01    Th--1:30-3:30    Mr. Stackman


New Courses

217.  Exploration of Puppetry through Characterization & Construction     3 hours
This course is divided into lecture and lab, with the lecture series focusing on  the cultural and historical influences that have shaped various puppet styles and traditions. Heavy concentration will be placed on the creative construction of puppets within these modes. A performance aspect will be required. Limited to 10 students with the consent of the instructor.  CR/NE grading.
Sem 2     CRN 10142     THEA-217-01     MW--4:30-6:00     Mr. Moser

237.  Scenic Design for the Non-Proscenium Theater    2 hours
The study and practice of scenic design before the introduction of the proscenium theater in 1600 and of its modern re-institution after World War II will be explored. Designing for full-round, thrust, island and stadium configurations will be practiced through class assignments emphasizing the plan and model as the basic sceno-graphic techniques for 5 projects in different physical arrangements of theater spaces. Part of the course will be the re-evaluation of various aesthetics of actor/audience relationships and the developments of found spaces into theatrical uses.   Consent of instructor. Enrollment limit 12.
Sem 2    CRN 10489  TTH--10:00-10:50; Friday LAB: 1:30-4:20    Mr. Lucas    FIRST MODULE

335.  Art and The Imagination of Disaster    3 hours
How can artists respond to events like those of September 11, 2001?  What, if anything, can the artistic imagination add to a repertory of images that seem infinitely more "surreal" than the most disturbing surrealist painting or film? The class will begin by studying works of art inspired by the Holocaust and The War in Vietnam; but the ultimate goal of this course will be to produce an artwork for digital video about "the way we live now" (in the aftermath of 9/11).The result will  not  be  a "documentary" film about the globalization of terrorism, but rather  a mythic/poetic meditation on  images that have already become numbingly familiar from around-the-clock television coverage of "America�s New War." Limit:  twenty students. Consent of the instructor.
Sem 2    CRN 10747    THEA-335-01    MW--2:30-3:45    Mr. Copeland

Day/Time Change

108.  (section 01) Acting Techniques will meet MW--2:30-4:20.


New Course

240.  Feminisms and Music 3 hours
This course focuses on the analysis of music of a variety of historical periods and styles from feminist theoretical viewpoints including black feminist thought, global feminism, postmodernism, and psychoanalytic feminism. Genres and styles to be analyzed will be chosen from classical song literature, jazz, opera, performance art, rap, and world music. A brief overview of selected feminist theories will precede analytical discussions. Among the important theories of women and music to be evaluated will be Catherine Clément's "Opera, or the Undoing of Women."  Enrollment limit: 25
Sem 2    CRN 10656    WOST-240-01    MWF--10:00-10:50    Ms. Karpf




New Course

101.  Beginning Piano     2 hours
A beginning piano course for the non-music major. No previous musical training necessary. Basic keyboard skills, technique, and repertoire as well as basic theory will be explored.  Consent of instructor, Limit 8.  For consent, come to the first class meeting on Monday.
Sem 2     CRN 10890   MW--3:30-4:20 pm  Andrea Steffan     CBIB 231


Topic Announced

210.  Composition Seminar
"More Than a Blip on the Radar Screen: The Experiences of Black Classical Composers in America"
This course will address the varied  socio-musical experiences of Black American Classical composers.  Discussions will cover the degree to which music by these composers has found its way into the canon or standard repertoire of concert performance, if at all. In a larger context, we will investigate the issue of Black self-definition. To what extent is the image Blacks see of themselves a result of the media both Black and White and the influences of popular culture. What is Black Music?


130.  Physical Wellness for the Musician's Life    2 hours
The musician's body and its state of physical health has a strong influence on his or her ability to play or sing.  This course will emphasize physical restructuring, as well as practical methods for maintaining balanced physical health.  Students will develop an increased understanding of the body's physical and muscular structures and its movement principles.  Their everyday postural habits will be evaluated and corrective patterns explored. This is a practical course, with daily lab components which will allow the information to be integrated into their bodies, setting the foundation for physical health, and decreasing the possibility of injuries.  Limited to 20 with consent.
Sem 2    CRN 10774    CNST-130-01    TR--1:00-2:30    Ms. Vogel

200.  Professional Development for Musicians    1 hour
The purpose of this course is to introduce music students to the various aspects of designing and planning a professional career.  Topics to be covered include:  using the tools of the Conservatory Career Resources Center and the Career Services Center, defining careers, career research and understanding job requirements, developing promotional materials, networking, interviewing and auditioning techniques, the role of internships and summer study/jobs, and grant writing.  Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2    CRN 7406    CNST-200-01    R--10:00-10:50    Ms. Sayles


New Course

301.  Research Methods in Ethnomusicology    3 hours
This is a seminar and practicum devoted to three topics:  historical contributions to ethnomusicological reserach, methods of conducting field work (both the social and technical aspects), and laboratory methods (transcription and analysis of recordings, song texts, field notes).  Students will conduct a field work project locally as part of the course.  Prerequisite:  one course in ethnomusicology.  Consent of instructor.  Enrollment limit 6.


Topic Announced

HPRF 312 & 512 & MHST 312 & 512
The Renaissance, 1450-1600
This course will survey the issues facing performers of Renaissance music today. Historical sources will be studied in conjunction with CD recordings of the main interpreters of this repertoire.  The class will be offered as a seminar, and students will make two presentations during the course of the semester.


New Course

322.  Music and Narrative    3 hours
A study of the relationship between music and narrative structures throughout history, using aspects of narrative theory.  Focusing on building a viable analytical structure, this course will include discussion of the way that music functions as an aid to plot (both implicit and explicit) in genres such as opera, pantomime, oratorio, symphony, program music, tone poem, and film/television scores.  Specific compositions investigated may include Monteverdi�s L�Orfeo, Mozart�s Don Giovanni, Beethoven�s 5th, 6th, and 9th Symphonies, Schumann�s 3rd Symphony, Berlioz�s Symphonie Fantastique, Liszt�s Les Preludes, Wagner�s Götterdämmerung, Rachmaninov�s 1st Symphony, Elgar�s The Kingdom, Vaughan Williams� Sea Symphony, Benjamin Britten�s Peter Grimes, Messiaen�s Quartet for the End of Time, Maxwell-Davies� Eight Songs for a Mad King and the soundtracks to the movies Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, Psycho, and Twister.
Sem 1    CRN 10775    MHST-322-01    MW--1:00-2:30    Mr. McGuire

353.  Opera in the U.S. since 1950    3 hours
A study of operas composed and produced on American stages since 1950, including traditional pieces, musicals, and works that cross boundaries between these; also, of American institutions producing operas and their audience.  Some composers whose works will be considered are Bernstein, Floyd, Beeson, Picker, Harbison, Glass, Corigliano, Adams, Sondheim, Schonberg, Lloyd Webber, and Larson, with emphasis on operas produced in the last ten years.  Prerequisite:  one 200-level Music History Course.  Enrollment limit 20.
Sem 2    CRN 10735    MHST-353-01    TTH--3:00-4:15    Ms. Macdonald


New Courses

320.  Experimental Music & Avant Garde Since 1945     3 hours
This course will concentrate on the complex issues surrounding musical practices that have been understood as ?avant-garde? from mid-century to the present. We will explore the specific musical techniques and the broader aesthetic projects of a variety of innovative musical styles, through close study of scores, recordings, and readings.  Topics will range from integral serialism to American minimalism, chance and improvisation to sci-fi film music, musique concrete to ?avant-pop??with an emphasis upon musical practices that have constructed a traditional/anti-traditional dichotomy. The goals of the course are to develop a conceptual framework and a vocabulary appropriate for the description and understanding of what certain composers of experimental music have done and why, and how their music is put together and performed. - Prerequisite: MUTH 232.  Limit 20 with consent.
Sem 2    CRN 10737    MUTH-320-01    TTH--11:00-12:15    Ms. Lydon

342.  Rhythmic Theory    3 hours
The course introduces several topics in contemporary rhythmic theory and develops students' skills in techniques of rhythmic analysis and performance.  The first module focuses on metric hierarchy in tonal music.  Students are introduced to the distinction between grouping and meter, the concept of hypermeter, metric dissonance/resolution, and the relation between metric and tonal hierarchies.  Emphasis is placed on practical analytical skills that are applied to pieces from the standard tonal repertoire.  Each student completes an analysis project focusing on a piece that s/he is preparing for performance.  The second module covers tom twentieth-century and world-music repertoires, and focuses on non-hierarchical metric structures.  Students are introduced to irregular pulses, stable polymeters, phase shifts, mensural theories, and simple mathematics models.  Emphasis is placed on both analytical and performance skills.  Students perform ensemble pieces in class drawn from West African, Venezuelan, and standard twentieth-century repertoires.  Each student completes an analysis project focusing on a piece for his or her instrument drawn from these repertoires.  Prerequisites:  MUTH 232 and MUTH 202.
Sem 2    CRN 10736    MUTH-342-01    MWF--1:30-2:20    Mr. Lubben

375.  The Music of Stravinsky 3 hours
This course replaces MUTH-475.  An analytical course on the music of Igor Stravinsky.  Analysis, listening, and study of theoretical and historical writings will highlight stylistic changes while revealing the consistent use of significant compositional techniques recognized as Stravinskian trademarks.  Work for the course includes regular preparation for class discussion, written analyses, a class presentation, and a listening exam.  Prerequisites:  MT IV.  Limited to 20 with consent.
Sem 2     CRN 10773     MUTH-375-01     TR--1:30-2:45      Lynne Rogers